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Thrift stores filling up with donations could be related to popular new Netflix show "Tidying Up"

Posted: 5:15 PM, Jan 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-15 20:12:32-05
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There’s a new trend encouraging people to “de-clutter” their lives and local thrift stores are benefiting from it.

Everyone is #TidyingUp their homes on social media thanks to Marie Kondo

It started as a book, now it’s a widely popular show on Netflix called “Tidying Up.”

The host is Marie Kondo. The method: Get rid of anything that doesn’t spark joy when you hold it. And it’s catching on.

"Oh I’m like embarrassed by this area right now, it's so full," said Amber Watt, owner of "Uptown Cheapskate."

Watts says she’s seen a huge increase in people bringing in clothes to re-sell at her Tampa Palms thrift store.

"This is much more than normal," said Watt.

Watts says the reason could be from people cleaning out their closets after Christmas and needing extra cash. She says it’s really too soon to tell if the new show is the reason.

But other thrift stores are embracing the Marie Kondo method.

Autism Awareness Thrift Shop in Tampa has a sign in front of their store: “Donate to us what doesn’t spark joy for you. It may be for someone else.”

And Goodwill Suncoast says after Kondo’s book came out donations have been up 3-percent with 61 million pounds of donations last year in 10 counties. Other Goodwills around the country are posting about the show on Facebook, encouraging people to donate. Goodwill cooperates says they intend to watch numbers in the coming weeks to track if there is a Kondo effect.

As for thrift store shoppers, this is good news.